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Anthem Of The Sun

Grateful Dead

Initial release : July 1968

Warner Bros. WS 1749

The second Grateful Dead album. A composite of live and studio recording. The album was remixed in 1971 and the new mix was used then for LP and early CD releases. The original mix was reinstated for later CD releases. A expanded CD edition was released as part of the Golden Road box set in 2001 and then as a separate CD release in 2003. A 50th anniversary deluxe double CD edition was released in 2018. This edition is described on a separate deluxe edition page.


  • That's It For The Other One
    I. Cryptical Envelopment (Garcia)
    II. Quadlibet For Tender Feet (Weir)
    III. The Faster We Go, The Rounder We Get (The Grateful Dead)
    IV. We Leave The Castle (The Grateful Dead)
  • New Potato Caboose (Lesh/Petersen)
  • Born Cross-Eyed (Weir)
  • Alligator (Lesh/McKernan/Hunter)
  • Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks) (McKernan)
Bonus tracks on 2003 expanded CD release;
  • Alligator (Lesh/McKernan/Hunter)
  • Caution (McKernan)
  • Feedback (Grateful Dead)

    Hidden track

  • Born Cross-Eyed (Single version) (Weir)

  • Tom Constanten - prepared piano, piano, electronic tape
  • Jerry Garcia - lead guitar, acoustic guitar, kazoo, vibraslap, vocals
  • Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann - drums, orchestra bells, gong, chimes, crotales, prepared piano, finger cymbals
  • Phil Lesh - bass, trumpet, harpsichord, guiro kazoo, piano, timpani, vocals
  • Pigpen (Ron McKernan) - organ, celesta claves, vocals
  • Bob Weir - rhythm guitar, 12-string guitar, acoustic guitar, kazoo, vocals

  • Producer - Grateful Dead
  • Arranger - Grateful Dead
  • (Producer - Dave Hassinger)
  • Sept '67 - RCA Studio A, Hollywood
    Oct '67 - American Studios, No. Hollywood
    Dec '67 - Century Sound, New York; Olmstead Studios, New York
  • (Producer - Dave Hassinger)
  • 11/10-11/67 Shrine Exposition, LA
    Producer - Grateful Dead
    Executive engineer - Dan Healy
    Asst. engineer - Bob Matthews
  • Stereo mix mastering - Columbus Recorders, San Francisco; Criteria Studio, Miami; Apostolic Studios, New York
  • Eureka - 20 Jan 1968
  • Eagles Auditorium, Seattle - 26-27 Jan 1968
  • Crystal Ballroom, Portland - 2-3 Feb 1968
  • Carousel Ballroom, SF - 14 Feb 1968
  • Kings Beach, Lake Tahoe - 22-24 Feb 1968
  • Carousel Ballroom, SF - 15-17 Mar 1968
  • Carousel Ballroom, SF - 29-31 Mar 1968

  • Cover art - Bill Walker
  • Photography - Thomas Weir
  • Art direction - Ed Thrasher

  • Recorded in the studio - September - December 1967
  • Recorded live - November 10, 1967 - March 31, 1968

After recording their first album quickly the second took many months to put together, firstly with largely unsuccessful studio sessions then with lengthy assemblage of material from live shows.

Producer Hassinger bailed out part way through the process supposedly after Weir requested "the sound of thick air" during Born Cross-Eyed.

It's thought that the majority of the live music used on this album is from the February 14, 1968 show at the Carousel though this is much overdubbed with parts from other shows.

The named parts of That's It For The Other One were made up, mainly by Constanten, for publishing purposes.

Related releases

One single was released in conjunction with this LP:

Anthem Of The Sun was remixed and reissued by Warner Brothers in 1971/1972. Subsequent LP releases and some early CD releases use the remixed version of the album.

This remixed version was also released in the mid to late 70s in a white sleeve.

Anthem Of The Sun was released on CD in 1987 by Warner Brothers 2-1749

The original mix of Anthem Of The Sun was included with bonus tracks in the box set:

The expanded CD release that formed part of the Golden Road box set was released as an individual item in February 2003. This CD release was remastered in HDCD and included extra tracks, an expanded booklet, rare photos, and new liner notes.

A deluxe 50th anniversary 2 CD edition of Anthem Of The Sun was released in 2018. This comprises the 1968 and 1971 mixes of the album and live music from Winterland on October 22, 1967:

A picture disc LP edition of Anthem Of The Sun was also released in 2018 to mark the 50th anniversary of the original release. The 1971 mix of the album was used for this release: The remixed version Anthem Of The Sun was repackaged together with The Grateful Dead (The 1st album) as a double LP: Anthem Of The Sun was included on the double LP release: All tracks from Anthem Of The Sun were included on the digital release: For information about other Grateful Dead releases that include music from this period see the 1967/1968 sections of the Dead by Date page.

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